Immigration laws are complicated, resulting in a stressful process for individuals and their families. Our Immigration Lawyers can help you navigate the complexities of the law and understand the available options. We are proud to help individuals, families, business owners, employers, and others with U.S. immigration questions. If you are trying to remain in the United States, trying to gain entrance to the country for yourself or a family member, or are facing any other immigration dilemma, Call Today.
Divorce & Family Lawyer Services
Divorce can be a painful and stressful situation for all involved; however, it doesn’t always have to be. At Gehi & Associates, we have decades of practicing divorce and family law. We handle both uncontested and contested divorces. Above all, we will help you make objective decisions on what is best for you and any children. You’re not alone, don’t let divorce impact your family’s future. Contact us today.
Bankruptcy Lawyer Services
Sometimes people need a second chance in life and that is why at Gehi & Associates we handle bankruptcy cases. The goal of these cases is to eliminate or restructure overwhelming financial obligations. This then allows you to start fresh with any assets that may be exempted by state or federal bankruptcy law. With over two decades of experience, we’ll help you make the best decisions for your bankruptcy case.
Who can file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?
Almost any person or company that owns property in the United States or who has a permanent residence or business here can file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. However, you must meet several criteria before you’re eligible for a discharge. This order wipes out qualifying debt, one of which you will not be allowed to use Chapter 7 bankruptcy if you have been released from bankruptcy within the last six to eight years. Depending on the type of bankruptcy you filed or if, based on your revenue, expenditures, and debt burden, you may complete a Chapter 13 repayment plan.
How to file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?
To file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you must petition within bankruptcy court. Bankruptcy filings will ask you to describe:
- Your home
- Current income and your monthly living expenses.
- Any debt property, which you claim by statute, allows you to stay in bankruptcy by Chapter 7 (called “exempt property”)–most states allow you to keep some equity in your home, clothing, household furnishings.
- Leftover social security payments you haven’t spent.
- Other necessities owned and spent over the past two years.
- Properties sold or given away during the previous two years.
What happens at the end of the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process?
Most states will allow you to keep some equity in your home, clothing, household furnishings, social security payments you haven’t spent, and other essentials such as a car, tools, property sold or given away in the last two years.
Chapter 11 bankruptcy should read as such:
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Is designed to enable companies struggling to restructure their finances and maximize their creditor’s and owners ‘ returns.
How does Chapter 11 Bankruptcy begin, and who can be a debtor?
Filing a petition in bankruptcy court starts the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process. The cases are generally voluntary. However, the debtor must take the initiative in a voluntary Chapter 11 situation, seeking bankruptcy protection. Occasionally, creditors will band together against a defaulting debtor to file an involuntary Chapter 11 lawsuit.
Many debtors file Chapter 11, where they have their principal place of business. Business debtors can also file bankruptcy where they are “domiciled”-that is, incorporated or otherwise structured. For example, companies incorporated in Delaware often file bankruptcy there rather than their home states.
What happens at the end of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process?
The bankruptcy court agrees that the proposal is viable and formulated in good faith once the creditors have approved a reorganization plan (either the company’s plan or a rival plan). Confirmation of the agreement removes the business from its old debts, but the company is bound by the agreement to make payments to its creditors.
Criminal Lawyer Services
When involved in any part of a criminal case, it is best to have an attorney. It doesn’t matter if it is an investigation, if you’re in custody after being arrested for criminal conduct, or the eve of trial is starting to draw near. Our team has decades of experience in criminal law advocating for our clients. Secondly, we recognize that your freedom is at stake, not to mention the possibility of having a permanent criminal record and even custody of your child stripped from you. Therefore we’ll do everything within the law to make your goals a reality.
Criminal Law FAQ
What happens after a person is arrested?
A person arrested is brought to the police station where they are “booked.” The police will take personal, historical, and biographical information. The police will use this information to determine if the individual has any warrants or criminal history to evaluate whether or not they can be released from custody and whether the payment of bail is required.
What is an arraignment?
Can a Warrant be removed?
Yes, a warrant is removed upon the individual’s appearance before the court. The existence of a warrant generally means a criminal charge is pending before a court and has made a preliminary determination that there is “probable cause” that the individual committed the criminal offense.
Personal Injury Lawyer Services
If you or a family member has suffered a severe Personal Injury or died due to other people’s negligence, contact Gehi & Associates. We understand that you may be going through emotional distress, decreased quality of life, or other negative consequences after the incident. If you are experiencing any of these things, you shouldn’t go through it alone, and we’ll work with you to review your legal options so you can get the help needed.
Personal Injury FAQ
How Do I Know If My Case Qualifies For Personal Injury?
You will likely have a personal injury case when injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence. Let’s review your claim schedule a free consultation today.
Do All Personal Injury Claims Go To Court?
Settlements are the most common resolution when it comes to personal injury cases. These settlements are negotiations discussed between your injury lawyer and the negligent parties. Claims in court are still not uncommon and are anticipated in the legal strategies on a case-by-case basis.
How Long Does It Take To Obtain Compensation For An Injury?
Our attorney might be able to provide a general time frame that you can expect after a consultation, but there is no set length of time that you can expect when pursuing a personal injury lawsuit.
Injured Through Someone Else’s Carelessness; What Should You Do?
Be sure to see any witnesses to the injury and document the incident with photographs. Also, make sure to get contact information for the responsible party and any witnesses. This information will help should you later present a claim for your injuries.
Wage & Hour Lawyer Services
Workers throughout New York are entitled to be paid for their work. However, some employers choose to violate the local, state, and federal Wage & Hour laws. This practice isn’t all that uncommon. If your employer doesn’t pay minimum wage, fails to provide overtime pay if you are a non-exempt employee, force you to work off the clock, or engage in other forms of wage theft. Please reach out and contact Gehi & Associates. In short, you need an experienced attorney to help you get the compensation you rightly deserve.
Wage & Hour FAQ
Can employers require their employees to wear uniforms?
Yes. However, the cost of buying or taking care of a uniform must not bring the employee below the minimum wage.
- If Workers at the minimum wage rate must wear a uniform, their employers must clean and take care of the uniforms. OR “Pay the employees to do so.”
Ordinary clothing (such as black trousers and white shirts) is generally not a “uniform.”
Do the minimum wage requirements cover everyone?
The minimum wage requirements cover most people. However, some people are not. Those who are not covered include:
- Executives and administrators earning more than 75 times the minimum wage rate
- Outside salespersons
- Taxicab drivers
- Government employees (However, certain non-teaching employees are covered)
- Part-time babysitters
- Ministers and members of religious orders
- Volunteers, learners, apprentices, and students working in non-profit institutions
- Students obtaining vocational experience
For more detailed information on some of the exclusions in the above list, please see our
Non-profit making Institutions, Public Agencies, and Children’s Camps FAQs.The Labor Law does not consider independent contractors – people in business for themselves – as “employees.” Meaning that minimum wage requirements do not cover independent contractors.
These are the significant exclusions. For a complete listing, see the NYS Labor Law, Article 19, Section 651.
What are the rules for overtime?
The overtime requirement is on hours worked in a given week. In general, if you have worked more than 40 hours in a pay week and are not “exempt,” you must be paid an overtime rate for all hours over 40. If you are a farmworker, you must be paid an overtime rate for all hours worked over 60 in a calendar week and for any hours worked on your day of rest.
Federal law excludes some types of employees from the requirement to receive one and one-half times their regular pay rate. Many people call these “exempt” positions. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), listed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, outlines occupations excluded by federal law.
New York State follows these exclusions. However, the State still requires that most workers receive at least one-half times the minimum rate for their overtime hours in businesses covered by the Miscellaneous Wage Order.
How many hours can an employer ask an employee to work?
There are no limits on:
- The number of work hours per day (except for children under 18)
- How early in the morning and adult employee may work
- How late in the day an adult employee may work
An employee must receive 24 hours of rest each calendar week in some industries and occupations. Such jobs include work:
- Mercantile establishments
- Hotels (except resort/seasonal hotels)
- Restaurants (except small, rural restaurants)
- Elevator operator
Must an employer give meal periods and "breaks" to workers?
- Work a shift of more than six hours starting before 11 AM
- Continue until 2 PM
- Have an uninterrupted lunch period of
- Half an hour between 11 AM and 2 PM
View meal period requirements.
Meal periods do not count as work time; thus, employers need not pay. Employers do not have to provide other “breaks,” such as for “rest periods” or “coffee breaks.” But, if an employer permits a break (of up to 20 minutes), they should pay it as work time.